This cookie is similar to a shortbread cookie—it’s made with plenty of butter, flour, powdered sugar, almond extract, and ground cardamom. Shortly after being baked, and while it’s still warm, each cookie is tossed in powdered sugar and cinnamon, similar to a Mexican Wedding Cookie—a nod to Carmen Diaz, the town’s namesake and wife of the President of Mexico at the time that Carmen was established.
Carmen, Oklahoma is located in Alfalfa County, in the NW part of the state. The town was established on 9/11/1901 and its estimated population today is only about 360 people. In 1914, the town attempted to start a movement called “Take It Back Day”, a holiday of sorts during which time people
would return any items that they had borrowed throughout the previous year from their neighbors. However, it never became widespread. The town was also the home of The Odd Fellows Orphanage, which is still standing, but no longer in operation.